Drug reverses signs of NAFLD in people with HIV

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health and their colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston report that the injectable hormone, tesamorelin reduces...

CMS Annual Report: Financial health of schemes and members declining as...

Findings of the Health Market Inquiry on increasing healthcare costs in the private sector and its recommendations for far-reaching changes to the current status...

State’s right of recovery against its Doctors

Part 2 (Continued from Part 1: Med Brief Africa 8 October 2019) A Province would be vicariously liable for harm caused by the negligent conduct of...

Aggressive HbA1c lowering in T1DM does not reduce eye, kidney disease

A glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) target value of <6.5 percent does not offer additional protection against organ complications for patients with type 1 diabetes compared with a target...

State’s right of recovery against its Doctors

Part 1* As a general rule an employer, such as a private hospital or, the Province, in the case of a state health facility, is liable...

Smartphone-operated one-lead ECG detects a-fib, flutter

A smartphone-operated one-lead electrocardiography (1L-ECG) device with an integral algorithm can diagnose atrial fibrillation (AF) and atrial flutter (AFL), Dutch researchers have shown in a study published...

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Fixing private sector incentives an NHI prerequisite: HMI panellists

Should the NHI Bill have been drafted and presented to Parliament before the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) panellists had finished their work and released...

Closing date for written submissions on NHI extended

The Portfolio Committee on Health has extended the deadline for written submission on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill from 11 October to 29...

HMI outcomes monitoring proposal: standards office relationship considered?

When deciding on the establishment of an independent Outcomes Monitoring and Reporting Organisation (OMRO), the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) panel was asked at this...

CompCom, after 2004 banning, in full support of HMI bargaining proposal

By guiding the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) through all its moments and challenges to reach its comprehensive finality with the presentation of the report to government this...

HMI sticks to its findings and recommendations in final report

After almost six years of work and almost R200 million spent on its investigation, the Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry into the private health...

Vitamin D deficiency ‘strongly associated’ with increased mortality

There is a strong association between 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25D) deficiency (<50 nmol/L) and increased mortality, particularly for diabetes-related deaths, delegates to last week’s annual...

Shortcomings in UHC declaration, minister disappoints at UN: SECTION27

Reporting from the United Nations in New York to which it sent a team earlier in the week “to fight for changes to the...

Determining damages in medical malpractice claims

This is a useful judgment of M on behalf of L and Another (7202/2008) ZAGPPHC 128 (24 April 2019) at http://saflii.org/za/cases/ZAGPPHC/2019/128.html The patient brought a...

Health care investment needed to curb out-of-pocket spending: WHO

Governments must boost spending on primary health care by at least an additional 1 percent of their gross domestic product to widen coverage and...

Obesity associated with abnormal bowel habits

In the most comprehensive analysis of the relationship between Body Mass Index (BMI) and bowel habits to date, published yesterday in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics,...

Better glucose control with early combo therapy in newly diagnosed T2DM...

The VERIFY (Vildagliptin Efficacy in combination with metfoRmIn For earlY treatment of type 2 diabetes) study is the first to show that early combination...